Updated January 12 - This update is to notify you of a delay in the change to remove administrative access to the Azure SQL server associated with their Tiers 2, 3, 4, and 5 sandbox environments deployed in a Microsoft subscription. The new date is January 31st for new customers onboarding to Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations and February for existing customers. We will provide more details and definitive timelines as we get closed to the date for this change.
On January 15th, customers that have purchased Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, Enterprise edition (D365FFO) and Dynamics 365 for Retail will no longer have administrative access to the Azure SQL server associated with their Tiers 2, 3, 4, and 5 sandbox environments deployed in a Microsoft subscription. Customers and partners can still connect to individual databases using the database admin accounts shown in LCS. The database-level admin accounts have been retained so that customers can continue with diagnostics and run validations on these sandbox environments. This change will add stability and reliability to the operations performed on these sandbox environments. This change impacts new and existing deployments, but does not impact any Tier 1 Sandbox environments deployed in Microsoft or in Customer/Partner subscriptions. For operations that require SQL Server administrative access, we will provide self-serve data management features in Lifecycle services over the next few months. How you perform certain operations may change with this lockdown. We will provide more detailed guidance on how to complete these operations as we come closer the January 15th, 2018 date.